Branthwaite signs new Everton contract

Saturday, 11 December, 2021 39comments  |  Jump to last
Jarrad Branthwaite has signed a new 3½-year contract that commits him to Everton through June 2025, with the option for a further year.

Branthwaite, who is 19, has still to get any appreciable game time in the first team but has progressed well beyond the U23s since moving from League Two Carlisle United in January 2020 for an undisclosed fee (subsequently reported to be only £750k).

The teenager made a brief Premier League debut 18 months ago after Everton exercised an option to extend Branthwaite's original terms by 12 months following his 18th birthday.

This season, Branthwaite has been a regular selection for the substitutes bench in Rafa Benitez's first-team squad after impressing the manager following an injury-delayed start to his pre-season, but he has so far sat out 11 Premier League games without getting as much as a 5-minute cameo at the end, such is Benitez's reluctance to give many youngsters the opportunities they need to progress.

Hopefully this new contract is a statement of intent to really bring him on as a senior player for Everton but the other scenario is that it enhances his transfer value should the club decide to sell him on at a significant profit.  


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Andrew Keatley
1 Posted 11/12/2021 at 12:03:46
I see Branthwaite just signed a contract extension to 2025.
Ray Roche
2 Posted 11/12/2021 at 12:18:44
Thanks, Andrew.
Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 11/12/2021 at 12:43:58
New loan in January??
Tony Everan
4 Posted 11/12/2021 at 12:46:44
One word comes to mind when I think about Jarrad Branthwaite and that is ‘quality'. I can see him staking his claim for a starting berth sooner rather than later.

Young central defenders need to be physically capable to cope as well as being technically good enough and mentally strong. I think it the core strength physicality and resilience that Benitez will be assessing.

Delighted that he committed himself to the club and has signed on for 3½ years.

Phill Thompson
5 Posted 11/12/2021 at 13:04:29
This had been signposted earlier this week, in line with a January loan, apparently 5 Championship clubs have expressed an interest in a loan. We need to get this right, which is not easy, wrong club, change of manager or one not interested in developing other clubs' players are some of the pitfalls.

With his talent and potential, we can afford to let him develop until next season. He needs good game time now and, if we're not going to give him it, a loan is best this season. But you just know we'll have an injury crisis at centre-back come February.

Harry Wallace
6 Posted 11/12/2021 at 13:16:14
Always liked him as a player. Could be a future England player
Robert Tressell
7 Posted 11/12/2021 at 13:34:16
Great news. I have very high hopes of Branthwaite.
Alan McGuffog
8 Posted 11/12/2021 at 13:53:20
Already been rumours about the Sky clubs sniffing around. So to tie him up is a great move in case we want to cash in at some point.
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 11/12/2021 at 14:16:52
Really like Branthwaite, seems calm and composed. Apparently he is as tall as Mina and as fast as Godfrey, which sounds great if true!

5 months and 15 or so starts at a Championship team that has to do a lot of defending would really help his development. If that loan goes well, then hopefully he'll be close to getting significant first-team time for us next season. He's still incredibly young for a centre-back.

Also, I'd be looking to see if there's anyway we could persuade Levi Colwill to do a Livramento or Lamptey and leave Chelsea. He's only 18 but has probably been Huddersfield's best player this year. Dunno if he has a clear pathway ahead of him with the likes Christensen, Chalobah, Sarr, Ampadu possibly ahead of him. Looks a real talent.

Steve Shave
10 Posted 11/12/2021 at 14:21:50
I've posted this before on here but my father-in-law is a huge Carlisle fan and word coming out of there before he signed for us was that they were certain he would make it as an England centre-back in the future.

I would be even happier if we sold one of our centre-backs (Holgate?) and brought this lad on more as a statement of belief.

Ashley Roberts
11 Posted 11/12/2021 at 14:53:23
This lad is the future of Everton. He needs some playing time under Benitez. He is obviously a colossus and apparently is also pretty quick. His other major attribute is he is a lefty which provides so much balance to the back 4.

When was the last time we had a lefty at centre back? With Mina out again, give him a chance!!! At least give him some minutes on the pitch, he has been sat on the subs bench for long enough now without getting a game.

David Pearl
12 Posted 11/12/2021 at 15:04:29
Good news. He has 4 players in front of him and must go out on loan.

This may be too late but l wouldn't mind seeing Davies go out on loan also when fit again so he can get to play every week. Could do him the world of good.

Vijay Nair
13 Posted 11/12/2021 at 15:29:13
Steve (10), I would go even further and get rid of both Holgate and Mina whilst they still have some modicum of value, and play Jarrad alongside Godfrey.

Keane would be able bodied backup on the bench, and if we really need to get another centre-back (on the cheap) whose contract is expiring. Romagnoli at Milan is a good option and also someone we've been linked to previously, The downside is we'll have to deal with Raiola again!

Joe McMahon
14 Posted 11/12/2021 at 15:29:21
David, Tom's loan I feel should have been 3 years ago. A full season at a club like Blackburn may have developed him. Cos it ain't happened at Finch Farm.
Derek Knox
15 Posted 11/12/2021 at 15:59:43
David @ 14,

"This may be too late but l wouldn't mind seeing Davies go out on load also when fit again so he can get to play every week. Could do him the world of good."

You mean that a Championship side may be interested in buying him? He has never showed anything to me since his introduction against Man City where we won 4-0 and he scored a goal after coming on, which he has dined off ever since!

He would also have less time on his hands, instead of dressing like a cross between a Skateboarding Beau Brummell and Bette Davies! :-)

Robert Williams
16 Posted 11/12/2021 at 16:32:21
About time we had more natural blondes in the team again - alway a good sign ala Jimmy Gabriel, and Alex Young to name just two.
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 11/12/2021 at 16:35:30
Clearly Rafa and the club have decided that this lad is the future, and I'm absolutely delighted.

A Championship loan is one possibility, but honestly I'd rather we just ship Holgate someplace -- anyplace! -- in January and give Jarrad his minutes.

DK #15, that inaugural goal against City was actually in Tom's 8th appearance, not his introduction, but as far as I'm concerned it's his second goal that will always matter most. April 9, 2017 against Leicester. 32 seconds. I'll dine him out on that one forever.

Robert #16, you mean Richarlison isn't natural?

Robert Williams
18 Posted 11/12/2021 at 16:39:50
Mike 17, I've only seen his head!!
Derek Knox
19 Posted 11/12/2021 at 17:05:16
Robert @ 16, Rondon says, " if he had hair and bleached it blonde would it improve him, and make him a 'great' ?" :-)
Robert Williams
20 Posted 11/12/2021 at 17:18:54
Derek 19. Pay attention young man - the word I used was 'natural' or if you prefer 'au naturale'. No bleaching, no wigs!!

In fact I am disgusted that you have seen fit to mention this fellow in the same context as stalwarts Gabriel and the Golden Vision.

Who was it that said 'don't mock the afflicted'? Not fit to grace the same hallowed group as these two and other greats.

Robert Williams
21 Posted 11/12/2021 at 17:20:26
Hallowed Ground
Colin Glassar
22 Posted 11/12/2021 at 19:12:28
I’d seriously consider starting both Branthwaite and Godfrey together. They are both a bit green behind the ears but both of them are better, younger, fitter and stronger than either Mina, Keane or Holgate and they should learn to form a partnership from an early age. Plus, one’s a lefty and the other a righty so good balance to start with.
Kevin Prytherch
23 Posted 11/12/2021 at 19:28:31
Personally, I don't think that Godfrey will ever be a centre-back as part of a 2. As part of a 3-man defence he excels, as he does at full back.

I would be looking at getting 30+points on the board early, then giving the likes of Branthwaite, Dobbin and Simms significant game time this season. If they don't cut it, we'll get more for them with Premier League experience. If they do, we save ourselves a small fortune.

We're not challenging for Europe, so it seems a no brainer to me.

Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 11/12/2021 at 20:08:20
Agreed and agreed, Kevin #23. Godfrey isn't good at all in the air. He could use a few semesters of study at the Jagielka College of Short Centerbacks Winning Headers. Otherwise, his destiny is back 3 or fullback.

And I too want to see more of those youngsters, even if it costs us a place or two in the middle of the table. If even one works out, it will save us millions in transfer fees.

Tony Hill
25 Posted 11/12/2021 at 20:15:57
Yes, very good news. He didn't light up Blackburn but will have learned from Mowbray. This is a proper show of faith in him and I suspect he will repay it.
Tony Hill
26 Posted 11/12/2021 at 20:19:07
Interesting as well what he says about Benitez talking to him and encouraging him every day and the work the coaches are doing on his right foot.

Maybe we're starting to pay attention.

Clive Rogers
27 Posted 11/12/2021 at 20:32:41
The recent record of our players going out on loan is pretty disastrous. It seems most have either hardly played or suffered bad injuries, Branthwaite included.
Derek Knox
28 Posted 11/12/2021 at 21:42:01
Andrew @ 1, you must be getting inside information! :-)
Andrew Keatley
29 Posted 11/12/2021 at 22:18:23
Derek (28) - Ha! Yes. Michael or Lyndon have done me up like a (blue) kipper.

That comment was on another thread, prior to them getting round to giving the very good Branthwaite news its own thread, and they just lifted my comment from there.

I don’t generally need help to look so far behind the times, but cheers to the mods.

Tony Everan
30 Posted 11/12/2021 at 22:19:14
Yes Tony, 26 I was reading about that in his interview in the echo;

Jarrad Branthwaite makes Rafa Benitez claim and reveals next steps after signing new Everton contract

Encouraging to see that any weaknesses are being worked on and ironed out, after training too.

Jack Convery
31 Posted 12/12/2021 at 03:54:37
Great to hear. I reckon this lad will be a stalwart of EFC for years to come. One of Brands better decisions.
Shaun Laycock
32 Posted 12/12/2021 at 08:55:27
I think we should consider a 3 at the back formation. We have the personnel to do it.

You need 5 central defenders to do this. It will help Digne or Coleman and the midfield too.

Rob Hooton
33 Posted 12/12/2021 at 09:40:47
Mike @24,

I was a 5'-10" centre-back in my Sunday league team and was a big Jagielka fan. I had to stand on giant forwards toes and other tricks to help win more than my fair share of headers. 😉 Godfrey has a better physique than I did in my prime and he needs to be better in the air.

I'm glad we've tied Jarrad down; I hope to see him get game time this season whether here or on loan.

Robert @18 – spat my coffee out, good one!!

Brian Murray
34 Posted 12/12/2021 at 10:16:56
Rob.

If the penny won't drop and Holgate is never going to mature as a top centre-half, then it's no good wasting Branthwaite on a loan. We are not Chelsea. We've done that with Nkounkou and are left with a woeful Digne who may or not get his form back.

At the moment, Branthwaite is probably better or more effective than any of the centre-halves we have. Unproven for now but we have to get him in and see if he makes a difference. Same up front with Dobbin if Calvert-Lewin breaks down again.

Darren Hind
35 Posted 12/12/2021 at 10:53:55
Big Yerry is one of those players who gets better when they don't play.

We have won just two games with him. They were against Burnely and Norwich. He was poor in both. He was run ragged at Villa Park where we were proper twatted and although he managed to start against Arsenal he hobbled off again. We went on to win the match... without him.

Holgate is not applying himself the way he should, but he is a vastly superior footballer to wooden Yerry. He has played more games and the defeat at Wolves was the only time we didn't pick up any points when he played.

I'd rather have a player who makes mistakes trying to play, than one who constantly gives up chances because he isn't good enough. If Big Yerry was put up for sale, there would be no takers in this country. Nobody wants a crock.

In the interest of balance, I would say the big fella had an excellent game at Old Trafford... probably his best.

Michael Kenrick
36 Posted 12/12/2021 at 11:53:42
Darren @35,

Referring to Holgate, you say "He has played more games" – Not this season, he hasn't. Unless you include the ones he missed because he picked up a red card.

Don't be telling porkies or we won't believe the rest of your one-eyed nonsense.

Darren Hind
37 Posted 12/12/2021 at 12:24:20
Holgate played against.

Southampton. Huddersfield, Brighton, QPR, Wolves, Tottenham. - Six games. Not including ban.

Mina played against

Leeds. Burnley, Villa, Norwich, and Man U - Five games - not including all those on sick bed.

Both played against Arsenal.

No Porkies. Just the recorded appearances.

Rob Hooton
38 Posted 12/12/2021 at 12:27:19
Brian.

I agree, I’d like to see him get game time here. I don’t make the decisions though!

James Fletcher
41 Posted 17/12/2021 at 10:01:25
Glad we have tied him down, would have liked it to be longer to be honest!!!

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